Past Events

September 21, 2018, Communicore C1-17

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

By Matthew Desmond


Evicted book

Available on Amazon ($12)

Available at UF Smathers Library

Join us for a discussion of this powerful book about the toll of evictions of all aspects of life.  Here is a recent article about Matthew Desmond and his more recent work if you don’t have time to read the entire book:

And a link to an interview of Matthew Desmond on NPR  (8 minutes long):

And another interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air (36 minutes long) and a quick summary of the interview highlights

August 17, 2018

Time to Level Up on Presence and Belonging

We are very lucky to have Antonio Farias, the first chief diversity officer at the University of Florida, come speak to our department next Friday, August 17 at noon in room C1-3  as part of the Education and Advocacy colloquium series.  Please join us to hear an interesting take on what a diversity officer does and his goals for our university.

You can read more about him here: photo














July, 2018:

Breaking News!!!!

Friday, July 20, 2018, Communicore, C1-17

How to Facilitate Conversations with Patients About Current Events

The news cycle seems to incredibly fast these days and current events often involve tragic, traumatic incidents.  Join us for a discussion of how to help patients cope with the news and how to take care of ourselves while helping them.  We will connect you with supportive resources for these kinds of conversations.  Discussion led by Education and Advocacy Committee Members.

Join us on the third Friday of each month from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM for the Education and Advocacy Colloquium Series. Future topics include learning about specific underserved populations such as diverse racial, ethnic and religious groups; LGBTQ specific concerns and issues; understanding bias in a historical context; and how to become a successful advocate. If you have a topic suggestion, are interested in working with our large and active committee, or have an idea for a guest speaker, please contact us!


April 2018:

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Inclusive Care: Addressing Health Disparities in the Transgender Community

A panel discussion on the intersection of mental health and physical health in the Transgender community, current issues, and tools for fostering inclusive clinical care.  Panel Members:  Dr. Anyaliese Hancock-Smith (UF Medical Psychology & Psychiatry), Dr. Emma Moss (Radiology , Shands Hospital) and Dr. James Super (School of Human Development and College of Education).  Organized and moderated by Gabriel Cartagena, B.A.

March 2018:

When Needs Go Unmet:  How Poverty and Food Insecurity Impact Healthcare + Food Drive

Our accomplished guest panel discussed food insecurity and how that impacts how they interact with patients as well as how poverty can impact health outcomes.  Panel members included Catherine Campbell, PhD, MPH, CPH (Post-doctoral Associate, UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program), Lee Collopy, LCSW (Transitions of Care Clinic, Internal Medicine), Carol Lewis, Ph.D. MPH, CPH (Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry), and Amy Sheer, MD, MPH (PGY-3 Resident, Department of Medicine).  In addition, the CHP Department collected an incredible amount of food and toiletries for the UF Field and Fork Pantry:


February 2018:

Power Dynamics:  Patient and Provider Perspectives

Our hot topic discussion this month focused on how to negotiate power dynamics as a Psychologist in an Academic Health Center.  Many of our female faculty and trainees shared stories about practicing in different parts of the dynamic.

January 2018:

Common Reading Book Discussion

The second common book reading discussion featured Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance. We discussed the book, how it affected our cultural competence as people and as therapists, and implications for the current climate in our country.

October 2017:

Anti-Fat Bias in the Medical System

Our distinguished guest panel discussed the concepts of “anti-fat bias” and “thin idealization” in the medical system (and other environments) to bring awareness to the impact on patients’ physical and mental health. Panel members included Gwendolyn Hasse, RN, MSN, CBN (Bariatric Nurse Coordinator at UF Health), Ashby Walker, Ph.D. (Director for Health Equity Initiatives at UF Diabetes Institute​), and Kelly Ulmer, M.Ed./Ed.S. (Registered Mental Health Counselor at UF Health Eating Disorders Clinic and UF Health Medical Psychology)​.

September 2017:

Common Reading Discussion

The first common book reading discussion featured The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. We discussed the fictional story, how it affected our own cultural competency as people and therapists, and the implications for the current climate in our country. After a brief summary for those who did not read the book, a lively discussion ensued!

August 2017:

Working with Patients with Differing Abilities & Becoming ABPP Certified in Rehab Psychology

Presented by Drs. Robert Guenther and Thomas Kerkhoff, this multifaceted colloquium covered working with patients with medical and physical disabilities.

July 2017:

Professional Women: The Fear and Power of Failure

Despite many gains in the workforce, women are still underrepresented in executive positions. This July 2017 colloquium talk presented by Lori Waxenberg, Ph.D., explored how fear of failure may be a barrier to success for many talented women. Potential solutions for addressing how to overcome that fear and be open to the experience of failure were presented.

June 2017:

Advocacy for Patients: Legal, Ethical, and Therapeutic Considerations

For the June 2017 colloquium, our very own Clinic Director, Dr. Shelley Heaton, a member of UF’s Legal Department, and UF Health’s Patient Advocacy Director, discussed the do’s and don’ts of advocating for our patients.  Specifically, they shared their opinions on ethical dilemma scenarios. For example, “What are the best practices for advocating for a young, Black, male, sickle cell patient who feels he’s being treated unfairly and under medicated due to his race?” OR “How would you support a newly-out, 13-year old pansexual individual as they attempt to start a LGBT support group at school while they are concerned about the reactions of their parents?”

May 2017:

Advocacy, Psychologist as Citizen, and the Clinical Psychologist

Did you know that advocacy is an APA competency benchmark for psychologists? This excellent May 2017 colloquium by CHP Professor Emeritus, Ronald H. Rozensky, Ph.D., ABPP, focused on definitions of advocacy, resources for psychologists, and concrete ways to get involved in advocacy at a broader level.

April 2017:

LGB & U: Psychosocial Considerations for Working with the LGB Population

In the April 2017 colloquium, we hosted a fantastic panel of experts to discuss best practices and specific considerations for working with patients who are lesbian, gay, or bisexual. Panelists included psychologists from the community — Jennifer Evans, Psy.D., and John T. Super, Ph.D.

March 2017:

Getting Woke: An Interactive Discussion about Social Justice

In the March 2017 colloquium, we used live polling via attendee’s phones to react to a variety of recent podcasts with topics ranging from intersectionality to Black Lives Matters to the Women’s March on Washington.

February 2017:

“They Said What?”: Responding to Racism, Sexism, and Homophobia in Therapy

In the first monthly colloquium, all students, interns, post-docs, and faculty were invited to attend this interactive panel discussion. Our panel of expert psychologists addressed two clinical issues: 1) Responding to patients who express racist/homophobic/sexist sentiments in therapy, and 2) Responding to patients who describe experiencing racism/homophobia/sexism or other forms of discrimination.